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Pollyanna (Pollyanna #1)

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One of the all-time classics of children's literature, a feel-good book full of enthusiasm and exuberance, and a perfect family read.

"There is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it."

When Pollyanna Whittier's father dies, she is sent to live with her Aunt Polly in Vermont.
A clash of personalities ensues as Pollyan
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Written April 2, 2015

4.2 Stars - Enchanting sweet, loved every single minute

A classics girl-novel by Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920) from 1913.

I've been listening to this fantastic $1 audiobook (5:40 hrs - very well) narrated by Rebecca Burns these two last day. Oddly enough, I think I might like this young-girl book even more now as an grownup than as a girl long ago. These characters and especially this sweet sunshine girl Pollyanna made me just smiling in nearly six hours. Absolutely charming
Pollyanna is the story a young, optimistic girl who is tragically orphaned, sent to live with her grumpy Aunt, and ends up changing a town’s point of view through her sunny disposition. It's supposed to be inspiring. In fact, it’s probably the idea bud for books like The Power of Positive Thinking.

Pollyanna, the eternal optimist, plays the ‘glad game’ where she always tries to find something to be glad about, no matter how challenging. Also, everyone who comes into contact with Pollyanna is happ
Kristina Horner
May 09, 2015 Kristina Horner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up because I needed "a book over 100 years old" for my reading challenge this year, and being written in 1913 (making it currently 102 years old) it just fit the bill.

I didn't really go into this book with any expectations. I've never seen the movie, I knew nothing of the plot, but I was intrigued to read a book written for young readers so long ago.

I am happy to report that this book was delightful. I was smiling the whole time I read it, and was surprised and impressed how m
Wow! What have I been missing all these years! As a child I grew up on the Disney movie of "Pollyanna" and thought it was just wonderful. I was never introduced to the "classics" or even realized that Pollyanna was a book turned into a movie. When I sat down with my chidlren to read this story I THOUGHT I knew what I was reading to them, but boy was I wrong!! It soon became apparent that this was another true o the test of time classics that takes you through all the emotions of a true clssic! M ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Helen by: my Mom
Pollyanna, read when I was in elementary school, is one of the books that helped to form my character. The concept of looking for the good in everything, even in events or people that showed no obvious goodness appeared, to my young mind, both a good idea and a challenge. First in imitation and later as habit I began to "look for the good."

Recently I received a copy of a college application essay a young friend had written about me, an influential person in her life. The characteristic in me
Mar 31, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of classic children's literature
Shelves: kidlit
When did I first read Pollyanna? I couldn't say. This little book is a perennial favorite. It's been a few years since I picked it up and this time I found that my memory had deceived me again. What you remember is a story about a girl who wants everyone to be glad, and who gets a happy ending at last. What you get is a story about an orphaned girl sent to a loveless home who reaches out to the troubled people of a small town, resulting in a wide variety of pathetic tales of woe and loss. Pollya ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Cass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has taken me a while to get to this book, I distinctly remember watching the movie several times as a child.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. It comes with a very strong message, and even some marital advice!!

Pollyanna is terribly good. Her ability to play the game of always being so nice, her absolute charm is almost of the Mary Sue type character.

However as a lesson, the book is wonderful, it is a gentle reminder that a lot more can be gained by being gracious, nice, etc then by being horrible.
May 09, 2012 Aleeda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
After reading the Hunger Games trilogy, followed by somber nonfiction, I felt ready to read something good. Not good as in well-reviewed literature, but something good as in 'happy' literature. Eleanor Porter's Pollyanna did not disappoint.

You've probably heard someone called, been called, or possibly (hopefully not) called someone a Pollyanna. It's someone who is considered impossibly optimistic in the worst possible circumstances. Such people are thought to be annoying, naive, even exasperatin
Jul 28, 2013 Yona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
I loved the movie and i can't wait to read the book.

I loved loved this book. It was so beautifully written. There were moments when I just wanted to cry from happiness. The way Pollyanna touched everyone she met was amazing.

There isn't anything better than smiling so much after finishing a book.





When I feel bad or sad this will be the book I'm going to read to feel better.
Mia Prasetya
Inilah sebabnya kenapa saya suka membaca cerita klasik. Kisahnya indah, ga neko-neko, mungkin ada sedikit masalah, klimaks yang secukupnya (ga bikin hati dag dig dug)dan ending pas.

Hati hangat dengan senyum simpul di bibir saya setelah membaca halaman terakhir Pollyanna membuat saya memberikan bintang 5 untuk buku ini.

Kisahnya sih standar, gabungan antara Anne of Green Gables dan A Little Princess, berkisah tentang anak perempuan yatim piatu yang diasuh oleh kerabatnya yang kersa hati, judes da
Jan 27, 2013 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pollyanna gets a bad rap in this jaded age. Written in 1913, this is the story of an orphaned little girl who makes the best of her life experiences, always looking for something good to be had of a challenging situation. Pollyanna lost her mother at an early age, and then her missionary father a few years later. As a family, they themselves lived a life of privation, while ministering to those less well off.

Upon the death of her father, Pollyanna is sent to live with her Aunt Polly, who--as she
Paula Vince
This book deserves its position as a children's classic.

The little orphan girl, Pollyanna, is sent to live with her gruff Aunt Polly after the death of her father. What a potential set-up for a sad life outlook, but she manages to transform not only her aunt but many other townspeople with the 'Glad Game' her father taught her. Always look for the silver lining in every cloud and you'll be bound to find it.

I've noticed Pollyanna has been given a bit of a bum rap in recent years. She's almost alw
Jun 08, 2012 Ania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne of Green Gables Fans
Recommended to Ania by: goodreads
Shelves: anna-banana
I was thoroughly surprised how much I enjoyed Pollyanna, and to think I was never going to read this book! The fact is Pollyanna has a bit of a bad reputation... stemming quite possibly from the general cynicism of today's day and age.

It's true that there are some shortcomings to this novel.
1) Quite a big chunk of the book seems to be just like Anne of Green Gables and in parts Anne of Avonlea (the disgruntled neighbour part). It starts off just like the Anne books do, and Pollyanna is just as
Linda Lipko
There are many classics that I did not read as a child. Treasure Island, Frankenstein, Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days, and Little Women are but a few.

However, I vow to systematically read these treasures in the next few months. Today I read Pollyanna.

Published in 1913, this gem stands the test of time. It is delightfully sappy, corny and wonderfully filled with old fashioned fun.

Pollyanna is an orphan whose father left her with the wonderful gift of optimism and the ability to find
Oct 30, 2013 Chagall rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pollyanna Whittier: ovvero, storia di una piccola santa della letteratura infantile, resa martire per mancanza d’immaginazione dell’autrice e salvata in extremis con prevedibile miracolo finale.
La cosa irritante di questo libro non è tanto la protagonista, che in fondo è solo una bambina scema. Il vero dramma sono gli adulti, tutti pronti ad abboccare a questo suo benedetto gioco della contentezza. Salva perfino una mezza prostituta! Cristo con la Maddalena in confronto è ’na schiappa.
Capisco il
Sinta Nisfuanna
Jun 27, 2010 Sinta Nisfuanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klasik
Pollyanna, Bocah yang Pintar Menemukan "Bangku-Senyum"

Membaca permainan ‘Suka Cita’ Pollyanna, mengingatkan saya dengan slogan sendiri, ‘Keindahan Hadir Saat Kepala Manusia Berpikir Positif’. Kurang lebih keduanya memiliki inti yang mirip, sama-sama mencari ‘hal baik/positif’ yang pasti terselip di setiap kesedihan.

Sulit? Ya, bisa jadi sangat sulit, apalagi bagi yang tidak terbiasa. Saya teringat analogi papan tulis putih yang terdapat sebuah titik hitam. Hampir semua orang, jika ditanya apa yan
Jun 30, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I write this review several days after the passing of my grandfather, whom, difficult and obstinate at times was always generous and loving with all of his grandchildren. At this particular moment I am rather "stuck" on the small island he lived in for the majority of his life, in a small house atop a canyon... it is here that I began to crave something to read that should take me far away and into another time. On my phones e-book list I found, most happily, Pollyanna. For those of us who love ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monday morning I had some unhappy news and I was feeling like crawling back into bed and just being depressed. But, I didn't want to let my kids down so I went on to find an audiobook to which we could listen. I browsed through the children's books and found Pollyanna and decided that might be one to cheer me up. I had seen the movie many times before and so I knew the basic plot.

Anyway, it turned out to be one of the most wonderful books I've ever read (or listened to). I cried al
Jan 18, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-story, family
How great is it to start of 2015 with three delightful books! I loved Pollyanna! I watched the movie several times when I was young, so I thought reading the book would be a little boring but cute? I was wrong. As is true with many books to movies, the book is better and different. Pollyanna is so positive and cheery that I could see a reader getting sick of it, but she is balanced out by some very crotchety characters, whose turn around is all the more glad because of their crotchetiness. The e ...more
Yomna hosny
May 11, 2013 Yomna hosny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Pollyanna deserves a place among literary heroins like "Jane Eyre" and "Matilda". This story about a little orphaned girl who goes to live with her aunt and manages to cheer everyone up and make the whole town fall in love with her is sweet as can be. Really tugs at your heartstrings. I loved it .
Nov 09, 2015 LobsterQuadrille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cute, sweet stories
Note: I read the(highly)abridged edition of this book because it's just the one I happen to own, so my impressions of the book may differ from what they might have been if I'd read the unabridged version. Also, Pollyanna somehow was given six fingers on one hand on the cover of the edition I read. Very odd...

Also, actually 3.5 stars.

I expected this book to be highly sentimental and at least a bit sappy because that is generally the reputation it has gained. And it does become a bit sappy at tim
Rachel Wagner
Normally I hate syrupy characters but for some strange reason Pollyanna works for me. Children usually see the best in people and that's I guess why Pollyanna's story is so fun and touching.
This is an uplifting and inspiring book about triumph over hardship using gratitude, or gladness as Pollyanna says. It is a great illustration of the power of gratitude in our lives, and the effect a little bit of kindness can have on hardened hearts. It really made me think about the difference between passive thankfulness for blessings received, and active 'thanks-giving' for blessings and hardships.

Pollyanna was unafraid of sharing her gladness and her positive attitude spread like sunshine
Jan 11, 2012 Gio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pollyanna has the undeserved reputation of being a boring book with an annoying protagonist that is always happy even when it seems that there really isn't anything to be happy about. I approached it hesitatingly, but ended up loving it. It's the story of a little girl who, after the death of her parents, goes to live with her bitter aunt. Here she will make numerous friends thanks to her cheerful disposition and the ability to find a good side to anything. Pollyanna plays the "glad game", which ...more
Actually, at first I watched a movie with the same name on TV. The movie was so appealing to me that I’ve started to find more information about it. The first thing I discovered about it was that it is based on a book. As a result, I went to bookstores and then second-hand bookstores to find the book. However, I ended up finding nothing. At that time, my English wasn’t good enough to read the book in English. Nevertheless, I suppose, it was two years ago that I found the e-book on net and read i ...more
Aine Mccarthy
Sep 03, 2011 Aine Mccarthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had seen the movie years ago but never realised there was even a book until last week! I have to say that I truly loved the book as much as the film. 'Pollyanna' is the story of an orphan girl who moves to a small town in America to live with her wealthy Aunt Polly. Her philosophy of using the 'Glad Game' to see the positive in any negative situation has a transforming effect on many of her neighbours and the residents of the town. Her optimistic attitude isn't received very well at first but ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Jennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I have clearly lived under a rock (not that this is news). I have heard my mom reference Pollyanna about a million times but until a couple of weeks ago didn't realize she was a book character. I'm not sure where I thought my mom (and others) got that name, but I'm not too swift on the uptake.

I really wanted to hate this book, and frankly there are things to hate. But its impossible to hate it as a whole. It's overly simplistic, ridiculously sweet and still touching. I think you'd have to be de
Haryadi Yansyah
Jun 13, 2010 Haryadi Yansyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halo teman semua, perkenalkan, namaku Pollyanna Whittier. Usiaku 11 tahun. Izinkan aku bercerita tentang diriku ya :) mungkin kalian kaget karena tiba-tiba mendapati aku berceloteh di rumahnya Yayan ini. Maaf ya kalo mengagetkan ^^ aku mendapatkan izin khusus dari Yayan nih. Katanya, aku boleh bercerita tentang diriku. ”Kamu boleh narsis dan ceritakan semua tentang dirimu, Polly...” sahut Yayan.

Wah senangnya bisa berkenalan dengan teman-teman semua. Begini, aku mau bercerita tentang kehidupanku.
Rebecca Burns does a fine job narrating this children's classic. Overall, I enjoyed it but the (overly) optimistic Pollyanna character is a little grating and to my mind, completely unrealistic. If you thought Louisa May Alcott's books were too sweet, don't read these!
Jan 24, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that I started this book expecting it to be cheesy and full of over-the-top in optimism. I am happy to admit that I enjoyed it very much! It was a quick, pleasant read and I kept wanting to go back to it when I wasn't reading. I don't think I ever read it as a child. I'm not sure I've ever watched the Disney movie all the way through either. I guess I'll need to fix that too!
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